GSA Partner organization, the Emirates Diving Association (EDA) celebrated the 11th anniversary of their 'Clean Up Arabia' campaign with the biggest number of participants in their history! Nearly a thousand volunteers from across the Emirates and as far as Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain joined the annual clean up.
Taking place over two days and numerous locations, the EDA called on partner organizations to join them in the initiative, including Environment Agency -Abu Dhabi, UAE Ministry of Environment, Dibba Municipality, UNEP, Clean Up the World, Ocean Conservancy, Kuwait Oil Company, Bahrain Women Society, Nomad Ocean Adventures, and Arabian Diver.
On Friday, 10th November, 22 volunteers (divers and non-divers) from the EDA and Nomad Ocean Adventures cleaned the Haffa and Miam beaches of Musandam, one of the most scenic places in Oman and a frequent destination of most UAE residents.
On the same day around 80 participants from the East Coast clean up came to join the first ever Clean Up Arabia 'Beach Camp' held at the public beach beside Le Meridien Al Aqah.
On Saturday 11th November, 4 Clean Ups took place simultaneously:
Bahrain - Nearly 100 volunteers joined the Bahrain's Women Society in the clean up of Al Budaya Beach.
Ras Al Khaimah - Arabian Diver gathered 60 volunteers consisting of individuals, students, families and local organization members to clean up Maarid Beach.
Abu Dhabi - EDA- Abu Dhabi and Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi coordinated the campaign and Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) facilitated the venue. The clean-up was done along the Corniche from ADIMSC to Sheraton Beach resort and along the beach side beside the Hiltonia Beach Resort with the participation of more than 200 divers and beach-lovers.
East Coast - More than 400 divers and beach-goers joined the main clean up event at Le Meridien Al Aqah. Clean up sites were Shark Island, Oceanic Hotel Bay, Dibba Harbour, Martini Rock and the beach along Le Meridien.
- 30% of the debris were beverage bottles (plastic/glass)
- 18% was cigarette-related
- 11% were Plastic bags
- 11% were Caps & Lids
The event was made possible through the assistance of HSBC (Main Clean Up Sponsor), Majid Al Futtaim Group, Dubai Duty Free, Shell, Al Masood, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, SAE.
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For more information contact Ibrahim N. Al-Zu'bi, Director of the Environment Department for the Emirates Diving Association www.emiratesdiving.com
Tel: +971 4 3939390